Hey there! How was your weekend?
Things were extremely low key around here. Brent was out of town and my mom was visiting for the weekend, so we just hung out.
Something about playing on the couch these days…this kid loves it!
Mason was thrilled that Grandma was here and totally ate up the attention all weekend.
I didn’t touch a computer all weekend, except to pull up a few new Pinterest recipes. I made this Paleo coffee cake banana bread from PaleOMG:
And this tomato basil chicken from Menu Musings:
Both were huge hits! (Especially the banana bread—I was wondering if Brent would notice the lack of sugar in it, but he said it was awesome. Paleo win.)
This morning on my commute in to work, I listened to a very interesting podcast episode. Dr. Axe of the Dr. Axe Show (not to be confused with Dr. Oz) was interviewing the authors of Trim Healthy Mama.
The authors are sisters originally from Australia (so it’s possible that part of the intrigue came from listening to their accents). Their message sounds pretty similar to a lot of other people’s these days: no more fad dieting, a focus on real food, and an emphasis on satisfying and energizing your body instead of restricting it.
What I really liked about them was their insanely simple eating plan. In a nutshell: each meal revolves around protein, first and foremost. From there, if you’re looking to lose weight, you add either carbs or fat. A meal higher in fats should be lower in carbs, and vice versa.
The sisters call the fat-focused meals “satisfying” and the carb-focused ones “energizing.”
Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the meal types I found in this review of the book (which you should totally check out if you’re interested in more detail!):
- Satisfying: uses fats for fuel and will include animal proteins, butter, oils, cheeses, nuts, seeds, non-starchy vegetables and berries. A typical “satisfying” meal might include a salad with dressing and cheese, baked chicken, and roasted veggies tossed with butter.
- Energizing: uses glucose for fuel and will include animal protein and moderate amounts of starch from foods like beans, whole grains, root vegetables and fruits. A typical “energizing” meal might include whole grain pancakes topped with blueberries, maple syrup, and 0% Greek yogurt.
Another interesting thing about the book is that the sisters admittedly have very different approaches to food “rules”–one more rigid and one more relaxed. So whichever way you lean, there’s a viewpoint in the book for you, and you’re bound to relate to at least one of the sisters.
Anyway, I requested the book from the library so I can take a look at some of their recipes. I’ll let you know what I find!
What approach to eating speaks to you the most?
Tried any great new recipes lately?
Hope you have a great week!!